Diabetes Care

In recognition of American Diabetes Month, this issue of QIO News focuses on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' diabetes intervention program, Everyone with Diabetes Counts. The program helps beneficiaries living in underserved communities learn to effectively manage their diabetes with lessons surrounding nutrition, exercise, self-monitoring, diabetes medications and community resources. This month’s issue features a five-article series showcasing how several Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations are successfully deploying the five components of the program.

Susan Fleck, RN, MMHS and subject matter expert (SME) for the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides an update on how the program is going. 
Diabetes is a national epidemic, impacting millions of Americans. Learn why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Everyone With Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, designed to improve quality of life and health outcomes for targeted populations of Medicare beneficiaries living with diabetes. 
The QIN-QIO for New York, the District of Colombia and South Carolina has graduated over 6,500 Medicare beneficiaries in New York since it began offering EDC workshops in 2008
Health Services Advisory Group helped organize FitPHX Senior Field Day for more than 200 Phoenix-based seniors and used the event as an opportunity to engage directly with beneficiaries in need of diabetes self-management services. 
The Texas QIN-QIO’s sustainability model has lead to a 14 percent increase in the number of certified diabetes educators in Texas since work began in 2010, with 95 percent of those educators continuing diabetes training following their certification. 
The QIN-QIO for Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee has a robust practice recruitment strategy that helps engage underserved beneficiaries living with diabetes from the onset of their diagnosis, greatly improving health outcomes and quality of life. 
The Illinois QIN-QIO’s use of qualitative and quantitative data gathered during DSME classes helps increase physician involvement in EDC programs in that state. 
Learn which QIN-QIOs will be conducting quality improvement projects that address issues of quality specific to their local service areas or that expand the scope and national impact of interventions that have had proven but limited success. 
Did You Know?
Diabetes affects 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the United States’ population, and there are an estimated 8.1 million more people who have diabetes but are undiagnosed. You can help bring attention to this important health issue and the QIO Program's Everyone with Diabetes Counts program by joining our Thunderclap.